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Opening of Kartarpur border to bring opulence in region, says Sidhu

NAROWAL: Former Indian cricketer and member of Punjab cabinet, Navjot Singh Sidhu has said opening of Kartarpur crossing to bring opulence in the region, ARY News reported on Thursday. Talking to the newsmen after his visit to Darbar Sahib, Mr. Sidhu said Kartarpur border opening to help in settling decade’s long unresolved issues between both the countries. Terming the Kartarpur crossing opening, a landmark step taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said, it will add its share in strengthening the economy of both the…

Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to enhance cargo handling by 75Mn Tons

KARACHI: A cargo passage worth almost $8-10 billion is under planning to be constructed along with the sea front from Karachi Port to Port Qasim for swift cargo progress, including cargoes carrying fluids and all kinds of shipments. Rear Admiral Jamil Akhter, the chairman of Karachi Port Trust along with federal minister for Maritime Affairs and Foreign Affairs Abdullah Hussain Haroon in Karachi Port Trust (KPT) provided these details to media  on Friday. Furthermore, the minister evaluated the progressive reports of the…

Nawaz Sharif is part of the International Great Game: Aitzaz claims

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan has claimed that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been allied with the 'international establishment' and is part of the global Great Game along with US President Trump, Britain, China and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a television interview on Tuesday, the former leader of opposition in Senate, Aitzaz made astonishing remarks about the former prime minister of Pakistan who was ousted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Panamagate case last year.…

Pakistan expresses concerns over undermining strategic stability in South Asia

RAWALPINDI: The National Command Authority (NCA) has expressed concern over destabilizing actions in Pakistan’s neighbourhood, which undermine the objective of maintaining strategic stability in South Asia. The concerns were expressed during the 23rd meeting of the National Command Authority in Rawalpindi on Thursday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. The actions include the massive arms build-up in the conventional domain, nuclearization of the Indian Ocean Region and plans for the development and…

Worst floods to hit South Asia in decade expose lack of monsoon planning

NEW DELHI: The most devastating floods to hit South Asia in a decade have killed more than 1,400 people and focused attention on the poor planning and lack of preparedness for annual monsoon rains, as authorities struggle to get aid to millions of destitute. Floods in Texas have dominated world media coverage in recent days, but India, Nepal and Bangladesh have suffered flooding for two months, with hundreds of villages submerged and tens of thousands of people in relief camps short of food and vulnerable to disease.…

Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

NEW DELHI: The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said on Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach millions stranded by the region's worst monsoon disaster in recent years. Thousands of soldiers and emergency personnel have been deployed across India, Bangladesh and Nepal, where authorities say a total of 1,013 bodies have been recovered since August 10 when intense rainfall started falling. All three countries suffer frequent flooding during the monsoon rains, but the Red Cross…

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

NEW DELHI: The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods on Sunday, officials said.  At least 100 deaths were reported overnight across India and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since August 10, as the annual monsoon hit the north and east of the region. Anirudh Kumar, a top disaster management official in India's eastern state of Bihar, said 53 bodies were recovered as water levels started to…

COAS hoists highest flag of South Asia at Wagah Border

LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday inaugurated the national flag hoisting ceremony at  the Wagah border at the tick of midnight on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan.  The flag is the highest in South Asia and eighth highest in the world was hoisted at Wagah Border on 70th Independence Day of Pakistan. The 400 meter high flag can be seen from a long distance in India. This should be noted that India also tried to hoist a flag very high in the past but it could not bear pressure…

US lacks balance in approach towards South Asia: Maleeha Lodhi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi on Monday said United States lacked balance in its approach towards South Asia, which had resulted in some relation breach. “In recent years, we in Pakistan, have felt that the United States lacked balance in its approach toward South Asia, and as a result we lost something in the relationship,” she said while addressing the members of Washington-based think tank, World Affairs Council. She said the lack of balance was best represented by the nuclear…